The Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security was founded in 2021 and is currently still in the start-up phase. It is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and is part of the Research Alliance Ruhr, which consists of a total of four research centers and one college.


The scientific focus is shaped by the Center's spokespersons, who have set the course for the first new professorships. The spokespersons are experts from social science, data science and cyber security, working together to cover the full spectrum of research challenges of trustworthy and privacy-aware technologies for society and industry.

The next professorships will be sought in coordination with the existing professorships of the Center and the faculties, so that they complement each other ideally and many synergies can be exploited. This process, as well as all other decisions, is governed by the Center's steering committee, the scientific board. This board currently consists of the following elected PIs.

Portrait of Nicole Krämer

Psychology & Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer

University of Duisburg-Essen
Forsthausweg 2
47057 Duisburg

Phone: +49 203 379 2482

Portrait of Nils Köbis

Human Understanding of Machines and Algorithms

Prof. Nils Köbis

University of Duisburg-Essen

Portrait of Emmanuel Müller

Data Science and Data Engineering

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Müller

TU Dortmund
JvF25, Room 208

Phone: +49 231 755 7722

Portrait of Daniel Neider

Verification and Formal Guarantees of Machine Learning

Prof. Daniel Neider

TU Dortmund
JvF25, Room 212

Phone: +49 231 755 7802

Computing and Society

Prof. Muhammad Bilal Zafar

Ruhr University Bochum
Room 5.113
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Phone: +49 234 32 15079

The center is represented by its Director, Prof. Emmanuel Müller. The Center's employees are spread across the locations of the participating universities in the Ruhr region - but as these are very close to each other, regular joint meetings are held for scientific exchange. These regular meetings are particularly essential for the distinctive interdisciplinary approach - which is why great emphasis is also placed on the joint graduate school and other measures for interdisciplinary networking.

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